Atlanta II: Ford teams race quotes

MARK MARTIN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 36th) "I don't know what happened. I haven't seen it yet, but the 14 car just veered up in front of me, so I don't know. We were running good. I didn't see it yet. The 14 car just veered up in...

MARK MARTIN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion (Finished 36th)

"I don't know what happened. I haven't seen it yet, but the 14 car just veered up in front of me, so I don't know. We were running good. I didn't see it yet. The 14 car just veered up in front of me. I'm not sure what happened because you can't see through all the cars. I don't know what happened in front of him."

WHAT ABOUT YOUR CHASE CHANCES? "I don't know. I'm just happy that we're running good. I'm proud of the AAA team and I want to thank all the fans for cheering so loud. We're fighting and scrapping for it. We've got three more races and we'll keep doing what we're doing."


GREG BIFFLE -- No. 16 National Guard Ford Fusion (Finished 5th)

THAT WAS WELL OVERDUE. "Yeah, it really was. I tell you, I feel bad a little bit for my guys. We had a third-place car for sure, maybe, and a win if we could have got a crack at them, but I gave the spot -- I wanted to let Matt duke it out with Junior there for the spot. I could have got by them both easy, but I felt like I'm trying to help him win the championship. I feel that's what teammates should do with each other is give each other a break and I did that for him. If we had a season like we had tonight all year with runs like this, we certainly would have been in the chase and certainly probably would have been a championship contender for sure."

A LONG WAY BACK AFTER GETTING CAUGHT UP IN THE 5 SPIN AT THE START. "Man, we ran in the back all night just because the front was knocked off it. Unfortunately, I didn't get a crack at the leaders there. I was a little bit better than they were on about the first 15 laps and I just never got a chance at them."


MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion (Finished 4th)

YOU BATTLED EARNHARDT AND BIFFLE TO THE LINE. "Yeah, it was pretty close. Dale Jr. was driving on those old tires and I was just too tight to get by him. I could get a run in three and four and I kind of messed it up at the end, but he was good through one and two. It was a fun race. It's a great track and always puts on a great race. I wish we could have run better, but yet with how we ran Saturday it was pretty good."

THIS TEAM REBOUNDED WITH A TOP FIVE. "Yeah, they were super-competitive on pit road -- probably better than anybody today. They had great stops and they fixed what was wrong with the car Saturday. We finished fourth or whatever and we had a 44th-place car on Saturday, so they did a great job with it. That's how we need to run to have a shot at it. All the rest of those guys are gonna be running in the top five and we need to be there to in order to have a shot at it."


DALE JARRETT -- No. 88 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 11th)

"We still ended up with a good finish. It's unfortunate we got the car messed up, but at one point we had a really, really fast race car. It's kind of strange because you'd think that when it cooled down that things would get better, but I actually got too loose then and we could never get it back. We were just so bad on restarts that I couldn't go and I would get behind, but it was a really good run. We haven't had many and that was just a solid run where we were passing cars and making our positions. We didn't have to have a lot of stuff happen."

IN THE PAST YOU USED PIT STRATEGY TO FINISH WELL, BUT THIS WAS ALL PERFORMANCE WASN'T IT? "Yeah, it was. This is one of the few times that we can talk about where we passed cars and did a good job because we had a good race car. The finish, we might have been able to get a couple more spots, but that's about what we would have been. That's a nice gain for this race team."

WHAT DID YOU SEE IN THE WRECK? "I saw somebody come from the bottom and hit somebody and then it was on. I was pretty sure that I had Mark missed but then I got hit from behind. That's just one of those things where you hope you miss it. That's too bad for Mark."


JAMIE MCMURRAY -- No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 40th)

"The 24 was just going really slow at the top of the track and the sun is in your eyes so bad getting into turn one that by the time my spotter said something, I could already see the 24 and I wasn't 10 feet from him. You're just sliding and going so fast that close to the wall that there's not a whole lot you can do. To be honest, I barely got to the brake pedal before I saw him."

-credit: ford racing

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